August 20th, 2019

Gala, and Crafting, and Tools, Oh My: The Onion River Exchange is on Fire

Exchanging time instead of money to many is a new idea. Actually, in 1980, Edgar Cahn created Time Banking as a medium of exchange to encourage and reward the work needed to build strong, resilient communities.
You mean I can exchange stacking wood for two hours with any other member in the time bank to receive anything from a massage to borrowing a truck? Yup. The Onion River Exchange (ORE) time bank provides a network so members can access community resources to fulfill needs, save money, as well as for self-care and inspiration. ORE celebrates the abundant skills and talents of our community members.

And these days, the Onion River Exchange is on fire. Here is what we are up to:

ORE opened a Tool Library this past January. Over 85 tools both power and manual including safety gear. Use of tools is free with an ORE membership of $25 a year. ORE has an online inventory of tools.

There will be a Holiday Craft Shopping event November 7th from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can be a vendor or a shopper. Purchasing gifts using time instead of money is a good way to stretch the holiday budget. If interested in being a vendor, bring in your craft (sewing, knitting, pottery, art…) or service certificate (pet care, gardening, cleaning, massage..) To exchange hours, you must be a member. Craft items will be for sale as well.

Get excited for the Gala at the T.W. Wood Gallery: Tapas and Talents on November 14th from 7 to 9 p.m. What a Night! Four Musicians: Susan Reid fiddle, Ron Sweet guitar, Linda Young harpist, Jing Ji operatic soprano and DJ Paul Theo spinning African Dance at 8:30. Enjoy muchos tapas by Susan Reid, wine, member art work, and silent auction with over 40 items. Silent Auction items will be posted at the Montpelier City Hall on November 1st for bidding. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Member workshops are coming in January.

Heather Kralik
Outreach Coordinator

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